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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey on Random Best Movies That Were Originally Panned by Critics

    (#17) 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop, Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, Margaret Tyzack, Ann Gillis, Robert Beatty, Kenneth Kendall, Glenn Beck, Douglas Rain, Sean Sullivan, Bill Weston, Vivian Kubrick, Burnell Tucker, William Sylvester, Alan Gifford, Terry Duggan, Daniel Richter, S. Newton Anderson, Frank A. Miller, Marcella Markham, Simon Davis, John Ashley, John Swindells, Penny Brahms, Péter Delmár, Danny Grover, Heather Downham, Brian Hawley, Bob Wilyman, Andy Wallace, Jimmy Bell, Joe Refalo, Sheraton Blount, Jonathan Daw, Edwina Carroll, Scott MacKee, Richard Woods, John Jordan, Krystyna Marr, Irena Marr, Tony Jackson, David Hines, Laurence Marchant, David Charkham, Martin Amor, Penny Francis, Jane Pearl, Ann Bormann, Jane Hayward, Penny Pearl, John Clifford, Kevin Scott, Julie Croft, Mike Lovell, David Fleetwood, Darryl Paes, Kim Neil

    It is easy to see why 2001: A Space Odyssey drew such a negative reaction from critics when it premiered. It ran almost three hours, and was filled with special effects and a confusing story.

    The movie slowly began to build a cult following over the next few years and began influencing other sci-fi films. Since then, 2001: A Space Odyssey has appeared in several lists detailing the greatest films of all time and is widely seen as one of the most influential movies in cinema history.

  • The Wizard of Oz on Random Best Movies That Were Originally Panned by Critics

    (#2) The Wizard of Oz

    • Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Pinto Colvig, Rolfe Sedan, Ken Darby, Billy Curtis, Adriana Caselotti, Meinhardt Raabe, Jerry Maren, Jack Haley, Billy Bletcher, Charley Grapewin, Elly Annie Schneider, Clara Blandick, Candy Candido, Ruth Duccini, Mitchell Lewis, Margaret Pellegrini, Harry Wilson, Oliver Smith, Charles Irwin, Tyler Brooke, Lois January, Buster Brodie, Mickey Carroll, nm0467071, Ethelreda Leopold, Pat Walshe, Robert St. Angelo, Eleanor Keaton, 'Little Billy' Rhodes, Abe Dinovitch, Tommy Cottonaro, Daisy Earles, Dona Massin, Harry Earles, Charles Becker, Bud Linn, Terry, Olga C. Nardone, Lee Murray, Elvida Rizzo, Lorraine Bridges, Helen Seamon, Jackie Gerlich, Paul Dale, Sig Frohlich, Rad Robinson, Jon Dodson, George Noisom, Ambrose Schindler, George Ministeri, Fern Formica, August Clarence Swenson, Amelia Batchelor, Jack Paul, Gracie Doll, Nita Krebs, Harry Cogg, Parnell St. Aubin, Dorothy Barrett, Yvonne Moray, Phil Harron, Sid Dawson, Ralph Sudam, Freddie Retter, Jimmy the raven, Johnny Winters

    “I sat cringing before M-G-M’s Technicolor production of 'The Wizard of Oz,' which displays no trace of imagination, good taste, or ingenuity… I don’t like the Singer Midgets under any circumstances, but I found them especially bothersome in Technicolor… I say it’s a stinkeroo.” – Russell Maloney, The New Yorker

  • Bonnie and Clyde on Random Best Movies That Were Originally Panned by Critics

    (#13) Bonnie and Clyde

    • Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Gene Wilder, Warren Beatty, Estelle Parsons, Denver Pyle, Dub Taylor, Michael J. Pollard, Patrick Cranshaw, Owen Bush, Evans Evans, Ken Mayer, Ann Palmer, Mabel Cavitt, Martha Adcock, Frances Fisher, Harry Appling, Russ Marker, Clyde Howdy, Ken Miller, Garry Goodgion, Stuart Spates, James Stiver, Ada Waugh, Sadie French

    “It is a cheap piece of bald-faced slapstick comedy that treats the hideous depredations of that sleazy, moronic pair as though they were as full of fun and frolic as the jazz-age cutups in Thoroughly Modern Millie… This blending of farce with brutal [slayings] is as pointless as it is lacking in taste, since it makes no valid commentary upon the already travestied truth. And it leaves an astonished critic wondering just what purpose Mr. Penn and Mr. Beatty think they serve with this strangely antique, sentimental claptrap.” – Bosley Crowther, the New York Times

  • Metropolis on Random Best Movies That Were Originally Panned by Critics

    (#21) Metropolis

    • Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos, Heinrich George, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp, Alfred Abel, Erwin Biswanger, Fritz Alberti, Grete Berger, Olly Boeheim

    “It is a technical marvel with feet of clay, a picture as soulless as the manufactured woman of its story. Its scenes bristle with cinematic imagination, with hordes of men and women and astounding stage settings. It is hardly a film to be judged by its narrative, for despite the fantastic nature of the story, it is, on the whole, unconvincing, lacking in suspense and at times extravagantly theatric.” – Mordaunt Hall, the New York Times

  • All About Eve on Random Best Movies That Were Originally Panned by Critics

    (#19) All About Eve

    • Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Thelma Ritter, Celeste Holm, Gregory Ratoff, Walter Hampden, Hugh Marlowe, Barbara Bates, Gary Merrill, Barbara White, Craig Hill, Randy Stuart, Leland Harris

    As one reviewer said, “The [witchiest] fabrication since Mrs. Luce’s The Women. It is not true, as you may have heard, that All About Eve is a great picture and proof that Hollywood has grown up overnight. Its highly polished, often witty surface hides an unenterprising plot and some preposterous human behavior.” – Richard Hatch, The New Republic

  • Home Alone on Random Best Movies That Were Originally Panned by Critics

    (#5) Home Alone

    • Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy, Catherine O'Hara, Lionel Barrymore, Daniel Stern, Hope Davis, John Heard, Kieran Culkin, Kristin Minter, Roberts Blossom, Ralph Foody, Bill Erwin, Gerry Becker, Mike Maronna, Gerry Bamman, Billie Bird, Larry Hankin, Peter Siragusa, Devin Ratray, Angela Goethals, Ken Hudson Campbell, Matt Doherty, Hillary Wolf, Paula Newsome, Jim Ortlieb, Senta Moses, Alan Wilder, Ann Whitney, Anna Slotky, Larry Nazimek, Monica Devereux, Dan Charles Zukoski, Diana Rein, Clarke Devereux, Mark Beltzman, Ray Toler, Jedidiah Cohen, Jeffrey Wiseman, Michael Guido, Terrie Snell, Dianne B. Shaw, Victor Cole, Jim Ryan, Linda Wylie, Porscha Radcliffe, Sandra Macat, Peter Pantaleo, Luciano Saber, Michael Hansen, Tracy J. Connor, Robert Okrzesik, Richard J. Firfer, Brittany Radcliffe, Jean-Claude Sciore, Kate Johnson, Leo Perion, John Hardy, Frank Cernugel, Edward Bruzan, Virginia Smith, Lynn Mansbach, Eddie Korosa, Vince Waidzulis

    "When Kevin’s parents discover they’ve forgotten him, they find it impossible to get anyone to follow through on their panicked calls – if anyone did so, the movie would be over. The plot is so implausible that it makes it hard for us to really care about the plight of the kid." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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Did you know that some of your favorite movies were originally dismissed and criticized in the early stage of their release? Some of the greatest movies were even regarded as failed films for a long time, these movies are indispensable classics today. Movie reviews are like this, even critics may have a subjective opinion, just like every audience. No one really knows everything, and people should not completely trust anyone's claims.

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